Emily Macdonald, with the help of her husband Jim, raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by…
The Flock Farm – Anna, IL
After graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Brent and April Glays moved to Carbondale, IL to attend graduate school at SIUC. Brent studied English and taught at John A. Logan; April worked full time as a substance abuse counselor while working on her MSW. Then April became pregnant with their first child and the couple began thinking about how they wanted to raise their family. “Although we learn new lessons every day — often times the hard way — our community has helped teach us to: preserve, garden, make hay, forage, brew, and (perhaps most importantly) raise our own meat,” say April. The Glays raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) sheep, goats, ducks, laying hens and meat chickens.
“We love our animals and treating them ethically is our greatest priority,” says Brent. “They have never been given any type of hormones, steroids, or antibiotics, and their pastures have never been sprayed, planted, or treated. It is important for us to know exactly what we’re eating, and we believe our customers feel the same way. There is a great deal of pride that goes along with offering a product that is not only delicious and healthy, but also the highest quality of meat possible. We think it’s the way things should be.”
In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the flock of sheep and herd of goats at The Flock Farm are Certified Grassfed by AGW, the first—and only—food label in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, and raised entirely outdoors on pasture or range.
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW chicken, duck eggs, chicken eggs and Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, Certified Grassfed by AGW lamb and goat from The Flock Farm can be purchased at the Murdale Farmers Market and Carbondale Farmers Market. For more information, follow The Flock Farm on Facebook and Instagram.